Three Stations

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Three Stations
Author Martin Cruz Smith
Country United States
Language English
Series Arkady Renko # 7
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Simon & Schuster, Macmillan
Publication date
10 August 2010
Media type Print (Hardcover/Softcover)
Pages 256 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-7432-7674-4
Preceded by Stalin's Ghost
Followed by Tatiana

Three Stations is a crime novel by Martin Cruz Smith set in Russia circa 2010. It is the seventh novel to feature Detective-Investigator Arkady Renko, published 29 years after the initial novel of the Renko series, Gorky Park.[1][2]


The title refers to the three Moscow railway stations, Leningrad Station, Kazansky Station and Yaroslavl Station situated on Komsomolskaya Square, also often referred to as Three Stations Square.[3]

A teenage mother arrives at Three Stations, but her baby is stolen. The only person to help her is Zhenya, the young chess hustler who is a sometime ward of Arkady Renko, the police investigator. Meanwhile, Arkady tries to prove that the overdose death of a young prostitute in the station is nothing of the sort, and is suspended for his trouble. A billionaire casino owner with financial troubles offers to hire Arkady, but the latter can trust no-one. Thugs, dwarves, ballerinas, Central Asians and a gang of homeless tweens complicate matters still further.


  1. ^ Steinhauer, Olen, The New York Times (August 12, 2010). Moscow Express
  2. ^ Weinman, Sarah Los Angeles Times (August 17, 2010). Book review: 'Three Stations' by Martin Cruz Smith
  3. ^ See, Carolyn, Washington Post (September 3, 2010). "Three Stations," the new thriller by Martin Cruz Smith, author of "Gorky Park"

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